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ArthritisBone, Muscle & Joint
October 8, 2018

The 10 best foods for arthritis

Arthritis is a group of diseases that cause swelling, stiffness and pain in your joints. Arthritis can affect anyone, of any age. There are many types of arthritis. These include osteoarthritis, which develops if your joints are overused, and rheumatoid arthritis which develops if your immune system attacks your joints. No matter which type you have, living with arthritis can be tough as there’s no cure. But there are ways to manage the condition. Certain foods can help ease the symptoms by fighting inflammation (a condition where different parts of your body become reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful), and…
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Bone, Muscle & JointOsteoporosis
April 20, 2018

How to prevent osteoporosis

Your bones live through a continuous cycle of growing and reshaping. Old bone cells get broken down, as new ones take their place. When osteoporosis strikes, the growing stops. This condition causes gradual bone loss. So, it’s important to protect your bones and be aware of the possible changes. If you have weak and brittle bones, it means that there’s been a reduction in the quality, strength and density of your bones. The bone disease leads to “porous” bones (bones with holes). This results in an imbalance in the formation of your new bones and the removal of the old…
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ArthritisBone, Muscle & Joint
December 8, 2017

Make arthritis better with these simple steps

You’ve been diagnosed with arthritis – what does this mean? Arthritis is felt by pain in your joints. You may find these joints swelling, getting stiff and find it difficult to move. With arthritis, the pain can be worse on some days and mild on others. In severe cases, some people can’t walk or climb stairs. There is hope though. Surgery (like joint replacement) is a possibility that can help down the line. In the meantime, exercise can go a long way in easing your symptoms. Having arthritis is not a death sentence  There’s a lot you can do to…
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Bone, Muscle & Joint
December 8, 2017

How to treat a rib injury

For some reason, many of us tend to think of rib injuries as all-encompassing – we need medical attention right now! In some cases, yes. But rib injuries can be slight too, sometimes caused by something as simple as a cough, a bump or bruise. The most obvious sign of a bruised rib is difficulty or pain when you breathe in. It might feel like you can’t take deep, substantial breaths. You may even notice swelling or tenderness in your chest and bruising on the skin. Bruised ribs The cause of your bruised ribs is a blow to the chest…
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Bone, Muscle & Joint
December 8, 2017

How to get a frozen shoulder moving again

Are you suddenly having trouble reaching for your phone or the remote control? Do you sometimes need help to get dressed? The pain you’re feeling could be the result of a frozen shoulder. It’s uncommon in young people, and mostly affects men and women between the ages of 40-60 years. The gradual loss of movement in your shoulder (also known as “adhesive capsulitis”), is an inflammation of tissue surrounding the shoulder joint. The joint in the shoulder consists of a ball and socket that’s freely movable. When the shoulder is frozen, it simply means that the joint is stuck and…
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Bone, Muscle & Joint
November 8, 2017

Are your hips causing your neck pain?

Shakira may have misled us all with “Hips don’t lie” because a hip problem can disguise itself as knee, leg, or shoulder pain. An imbalance of the hips may cause neck and back pain. But how does that happen? When your hips, lumbar spine (lower back) and pelvis are out of alignment, your head, neck, and shoulders compensate for the problem. Think about it - every single joint is connected to every other joint. If one is out of whack, it affects the whole chain of joints. A joint connection Your joints allow movement and flexibility, and support all the…
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Bone, Muscle & JointGout
October 14, 2017

“Ouch! My toe!” What you need to know about Gout

Gout is a kind of arthritis in which crystals of sodium urate produced by your body forms inside joints. You may suffer attacks of sudden burning pain, swelling and stiffness in a joint, and these attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Left unattended over time, gout attacks can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is most common in men, and the joint usually affected is usually a big toe. Causes Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Having too much uric acid is not generally harmful, but when uric acid…
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Bone, Muscle & JointOsteoporosis
August 13, 2017

What to know about osteoporosis

Remember your mother telling you to drink your milk for strong bones and teeth? Was it true? What does science tell us? Today, we unpack the truths and myths of osteoporosis. What is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of your bones is reduced. Your bones literally “thin” out and become brittle, increasing your risk for bone fractures. But there’s still much confusion about the silent disease. Myth 1: It’s not a common disease. Fact: Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every three seconds. Myth 2:…
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Bone, Muscle & Joint
July 27, 2017

The 3 most common types of arthritis

Arthritis is one of the most common chronic conditions, affecting approximately 350 million people worldwide. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, each with different causes, symptoms and treatment options. We look at three of the most prevalent forms of this often debilitating disease. Osteoarthritis (OA) OA is a degenerative condition that causes the cartilage cushioning between joints to break down. This results in pain, swelling and problems with moving the joint. OA can affect any joint, but is most common in weight-bearing joints like your knees, hips, and back. OA is the most common form of arthritis. It can…
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Bone, Muscle & JointOsteoporosis
December 9, 2016

How to beat osteoporosis

Remember your mother telling you to get enough calcium for strong bones and teeth? It’s good advice. Osteoporosis is caused when there’s an imbalance between new bone formation and old bone reabsorption. When you’re an osteoporosis sufferer, your bones literally “thin” out. You lose too much, make too little, or both. Your bones become weaker and more prone to injury, even from a minor fall. Also known as the “silent disease”, osteoporosis mainly affects women. Bone is constantly removed and replaced with new bone, and by the time bone growth peaks, a man’s bone mass is significantly more than a…
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